22 May All Wings Considered – May 18, 2014
|Male Bobolink by Tim Spahr|
|Blackburnian Warbler by Margo Goetschkes|
|Immature Male Orchard Oriole by Nathan Dubrow|
This morning as Paula McFarland got our All Wings Considered walk off to a fine start. I met our group at the “S-curves” and at every turn,
we had spectacular views of migrants in the “spectacular curves”!
Our participants were treated to a wave of warblers – Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Yellow, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, Common Yellowthroat, and Chestnut-sided.
There’s no other warbler with a orange, flame throat like the Blackburnian’s – that’s a handsome bird. Bay-breasted Warblers are closely related to Blackpolls, and hybrids are reported between the two species. The research states that Bay-breasteds are known to hybridize with Yellow-rumped as well as Blackburnian warblers.
At the Wardens, we came across a pair of Orchard Orioles, mud gathering Barn Swallows, Bobolinks and Savannah Sparrows.
I came across some young, very sharp-eyed and enthusiastic birders this morning looking up at migrant songbirds and not down at an electronic device – the next generation of bird educators!